Tee Martin has been promoted to offensive coordinator for USC in 2016, the Trojans announced Friday morning.
The wide receivers coach was one of four assistant coaches retained by USC after the hiring of Clay Helton as the permanent head coach. With Helton taking on head coaching responsibilities, he elected to give up his role as the offensive coordinator for the 2016, prompting USC’s search for a replacement.
"“I am fortunate to have been around many good coaches throughout my career, but I have never been around a coach quite as complete as Tee Martin,” said Helton. “He has a unique ability to lead, organize, recruit, teach, game plan and call plays. In the second half of this season, Tee took on a greater coordinating role in game planning and play calling and I was very impressed with the job he did. I am beyond confident in his ability to lead our offense to new heights.”"
Martin, who was a finalist for the Broyles Award as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches, has been at USC since 2012 as a wide receivers coach. In 2014 he added duties as the passing game coordinator and has worked closely with Helton during his time in charge of the offense.
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Under Martin, Trojan receivers have thrived. In addition to coaching Marqise Lee to a Biletnikoff Award, Martin also helped develop talents like Nelson Agholor and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Martin is also considered one of the best recruiters on the west coast, if not the country.
Considering his close relationship with Helton, there were rumors that he might be considered for a promotion. After his son, four-star wide receiver Amari Rodgers, de-committed from the Trojans last week there was also talk that Martin’s future in Los Angeles was in doubt.
Obviously that was not the case and now Martin will take on even more responsibility in his first year as a full-fledged offensive coordinator.